“Smiddy Varboom” by Richard F. Yates
Smiddy Varboom was a conscious, short wave electrical disturbance who lived from 8:16 to 8:24 P.M. (Pacific Daylight Savings Time) on Dec. 17th, 2014. In his short but exciting life, he met, fell in love with, married, and later murdered a heretofore unidentified, negatively charged, elementary particle, created during an upper atmosphere, friction based plasmatic discharge. Varboom was acquitted of the murder because the arresting particle failed to file the proper warrants before Varboom’s arrest. However, Varboom was killed only a handful of nanoseconds after the end of the trial when a super-heated meteorite, composed almost entirely out of an unstable isotope of iron, exploded as it fell through the atmosphere, sending out an electromagnetic shockwave which obliterated the integrity of Varboom’s frequency.
Varboom is survived by several million nearly undetectable microwave ripples that are dispersing quietly throughout the universe.